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Gripping tales attract war-weary residents

Gripping tales attract war-weary residents

With a slender sword in one hand and an antique storybook in the other, Ahmad al-Lahham captivates a packed Damascus coffee house with tales of ancient kingdoms and brave conquerors.

Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul’s Old City

Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul’s Old City

Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul yesterday as they battled to retake the quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate.

Sisi ratifies deal handing Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

Sisi ratifies deal handing Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a maritime demarcation agreement that sees the country cede sovereignty over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, the government said on Saturday.

Israel launches air raid on Syria

Israel launches air raid on Syria

An Israeli aircraft carried out a strike on Syria after 10 projectiles fired from the war-torn country hit the occupied Golan Heights on Saturday, an army spokesman said.

Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul

Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul

Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the ancient quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their "caliphate".

Qatar, Iran voice support for Saudi after Mekkah bombing

Qatar, Iran voice support for Saudi after Mekkah bombing

Qatar and Iran voiced support for Saudi Arabia over a suicide bombing near Mekkah. The Qatar foreign ministry expressed "solidarity with the brotherly kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

Yemen government says to investigate allegations of abuse in secret prisons

Yemen government says to investigate allegations of abuse in secret prisons

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government said on Saturday it was investigating reports that forces backed by the United Arab Emirates were running secret prisons in southern Yemen ...

Solar solution brings water to besieged Douma town

Solar solution brings water to besieged Douma town

Solar panels on wheels make for a strange sight on the streets of Syria’s besieged Douma, but the makeshift generator is helping local residents secure water.

Iraqi forces advance on militants’ stronghold

Iraqi forces advance on militants’ stronghold

US-backed Iraqi forces yesterday began a push towards the mosque in Mosul where Islamic State declared a self-styled caliphate three years ago, military officials said.

Iraqi forces advance on Mosul mosque where IS declared caliphate

Iraqi forces advance on Mosul mosque where IS declared caliphate

US-backed Iraqi forces on Wednesday began a push towards the mosque in Mosul where Islamic State declared a self-styled caliphate three years ago, military officials said.

Germany delays decision on Israeli drones, approves warships

Germany delays decision on Israeli drones, approves warships

The German parliament's budget committee on Wednesday postponed a decision on a 1-billion-euro ($1.11 billion) funding package for the military, including a deal to lease Israeli-made armed drones, sources told Reuters.

Egypt delivers fuel to ease Gaza electricity crisis

Egypt delivers fuel to ease Gaza electricity crisis

Egypt began on Wednesday to deliver a million litres of fuel to Gaza, temporarily easing a crisis that has left the Palestinian enclave's two million residents with only a few hours of electricity per day.

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